At approximately 7:00pm on Monday 17 August, a large explosion occurred in downtown Bangkok, near the Erawan Shrine in the Chidlom district. There were a number of deaths and injuries from the explosion, which was reportedly caused by a bomb. A further incident occurred on 18 August, when an explosive device detonated in the water by the Saphan Taksin pier, close to the main tourist ferry terminal in Bangkok. There were no injuries resulting from this second incident.
Ambassador Patrick Rata was delighted to host Dr Han Duck-Soo, Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (and former Prime Minister of Korea) to dinner on Wednesday 29 May. It was an occasion for Ambassador Rata to learn about current priorities of KITA and for general discussion on the New Zealand–Korea trade and economic relationship.